Romney-Trump 2012?
May 25th, 2012
02:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney-Trump 2012?

(CNN) – The Donald says it's the buzz.

Asked Friday in a guest appearance on ABC's "The View" if he was interested in joining Mitt Romney's presidential ticket, Donald Trump asked, "Who would turn it down?"

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"A lot of people are asking that question," he added. Not known for his modesty, Trump said, "A lot of people are asking that question. I think probably that won't happen, but I'll do anything I can to help this country get balanced again because we are a mess."

Trump endorsed Romney in February, and is scheduled to participate in a fundraiser on Tuesday at his Las Vegas casino with Romney and former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

Trump has become a vocal and effusive backer of Romney in television appearances and on social media. Before endorsing Romney, he met with several of the GOP presidential candidates and even announced a presidential debate, which was later canceled when several candidates declined the invite.

He said Friday that he was performing well in polling at the time. Although he briefly fared well in national polls early in the election cycle, several surveys from last spring showed a majority voters ultimately disapproving of a Trump candidacy. One released hours before he announced he would not seek the White House showed seven out of ten Americans saying he had "no chance" of winning the election.

Trump brings perceived baggage to the Romney campaign, including his questioning of President Barack Obama's birthplace and birth certificate. He and other prominent conservatives have raised questions about Obama's birth, as "natural born" U.S. citizenship is a requirement for the presidency.

"Donald Trump has become the 'birther' in chief," Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for Obama's re-election campaign, said on MSNBC Friday.

Though Trump tweeted as recently as last Friday "Let's take a closer look at that birth certificate," Kevin Madden, a Romney adviser, said Friday that questions about Trump's views on Obama's nationality should be a thing of the past.

"When you endorse someone, you are basically signing onto their views," Madden said on MSNBC.

Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior adviser to Romney, on Friday said, "I can't speak for Donald Trump ... but I can tell you that Mitt Romney accepts that President Obama was born in the United States."

"He doesn't view the place of his birth as an issue in this campaign," Fehrnstrom said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

Obama released the long-form version of his birth certificate in April 2011 that shows he was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Soon after it was released, Trump announced he would not make a bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

Trump made light of the issue in his appearance on "The View," when one of the co-hosts handed him a slip of paper and called it her birth certificate.

"I'd like to see Obama's," he quipped.

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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Mitt Romney
soundoff (420 Responses)
  1. alyarby

    Trump won't capture the GOP's VP slot. And Obama won't win the election, proving that he is nothing more than a one-term president - with a lower case "p." And both of those are highly favorable outcomes for the U.S.

    May 25, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY


    Wow ! Liberals are deathly afraid of successful businessmen ! Too Funny

    hmmmmmmmmmmm. there are only about a dozen or more people on here (including myself) that WANT Mr Combover to be on the ticket. Does that idea penetrate the scab that's encased your brain? Listen again.....WE WANT TRUMP ON THE TICKET! Does that sound "deathly afraid?"

    May 25, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Charlie from the North

    You two deserve each other but the nation does not deserve them. "Dumb and dumber" crossed with "rich and richer" they both have way more dollars than sense.

    May 25, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. MaryM

    I am sure this has already been said.
    Trump would make a good VP fit with the Mitt
    They both like to "FIRE" people

    May 25, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. Nick

    Anyone who thinks Obama is going to lose this election needs to quit watching FOX, and read a history book. JFK barely convinced voters to overlook his Catholicism, and that was Catholicism! Do you really think that this country has changed so much, that this same voting bloc is going to forgive Mitt's Mormonism? No. WAY. Mitt may as well be pagan, for how badly Mormonism will hurt his poll numbers.

    Also, if the herd was stupid/lazy enough to vote W in for a second term, Obama will DEFINITELY get a second term. People like the guy they know, even if they don't actually like him. No one trusts Romney to actually turn around anything.

    May 25, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. MuskyOne

    It's too bad for John Edwards. He was our last great American hope.

    May 25, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. MrHighMighty

    Why shouldn't it be Trump? The Republicans don't care about qualifications for their VP candidates.

    May 25, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. A solid liberal

    alyarby dont cry on November 6th when Romney isn't elected. Why do you feel that Obama won't win the Election? Dont say anything about jobs or the economy, because those are two things that have actually gotten better during his tenure. On another note, you cannot expect someone to fix 8 years of someone elses mess in 3 and a half years. Its impossible, common sense should tell you that.

    May 25, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Jeff in San Diego

    They deserve each other.

    May 25, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. You Heard it worst on CNN

    All the mindless Obama drones are laughing now but just wait. Romney and Trump together would actually demonstrate how powerful big money really is. On his own, Romney has managed to purchase the outcome of the RNC in the main stream media. He has managed to replace whole states worth of delegates with delegates of the establishment RNC's choosing. With Trump he will be able to do the same in the general election. Most people actually do believe what they see on tv. just reading the comments in here proves it. Most of you in here actually think Obama is still popular. Man, do you all have a suprise comming!!!

    May 25, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. pastafaria

    Donald Trump would never put himself in a position where he would have to make the details of his finances public. It's why he took DJT private, and it's why he either sues, or threatens to sue anyone in the media who estimates his net worth. The only thing with Trump's name on it that still has any cache is the Trump International Tower in Lincoln Square, NYC, and trump made about $25 million from it – more money than I'll ever have, I'll admit, but less than what a 4 bedroom unit in the building was going for last fall, and the reason is that while Trump was publicly claiming credit for the project, it was actually the GE Employees Pension Fund that bankrolled it, while giving Trump a small pittance for the use of his name, which was still worth something at the time. And while $25M sounds like a lot for a 4 bedroom home, in this particular neighborhood makes the building the equivalent of a trailer park.

    May 25, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. james - St. Paul, MN

    Two men with no core beliefs and the need for constant self-promotion. What a great solution for what ails our country.....

    May 25, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Whatever

    pleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease How much fun would that ticket be for SNL!?

    May 25, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. jaydee

    go for it Donald and assure an Obama victory.

    May 25, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Top Knowledge

    This CNN article would have been much better and complete if it had included two facts. First, Mitt Romney's son Matt did question President Barack Obama's birthplace and demanded to see his birth certificate after Obama had already released the long form. In fact, Matt even wanted to see Obama's grades and school transcripts. Second, one of the people who declined Donald Trump's debate invitation was Mitt Romney, which the article should have mentioned because it was very pertinent. Romney basically snubbed the Donald and Trump was still smarting from this rejection that ended his hopes of moderating a NewsMax-sponsored debate when he suddenly decided to endorse Romney over Gingrich who had accepted his debate invitation. These are relevant facts that should be mentioned and explored further. Clearly, CNN's staff are not on top of the news and its work product is woefully inadequate.

    May 25, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    PLEASE DO IT DONALD ! It would be better than the Palin pick for those folks !

    May 25, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. dnick47

    The repubs are enough to make a statue puke. Here are two of the most arrogant, manuplative, condescending, SOB's in the U.S. considering running as Pres. & Vive. Pres. Their Party is cheering and clappind and dancing about it while cursing, browbeating and red baiting everyone who dares to disagree with the most excellant majesties and nobility one and all. What a crock! And they claim to stand for American principles? Sorry, not the ones I was taught in my working class WWII veteran home where real family values (honesty, fedility, etc) were taught.

    May 25, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. No Thanks

    The Donald asked, "Who would turn it down?". That's funny.

    May 25, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  19. ty there no end to trumps ego and BS? TRUMP is an evil egocentric multi bankrupt multi cheater fool. not even the likes of ms bachman or ms palin would even consider trump for anyhting but court jester

    May 25, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. NotFooledByDistractions

    Romney -Trump? Why not, the republican party has become so absolutely pathetic that this pair just seems like icing on the cake.

    May 25, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. allens

    i hope romney picks trump. that would be as dummmm as mccain choosing palin. it would be so very funny

    May 25, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. Dave

    This is too funny. The ego of the disgraced birther and the ego of a doofus who "likes to fire people" would collide in an explosion of Hellfire, leving them both singed and functionless.

    May 25, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  23. Martha in CF

    Wake up Trump you're having a nightmare!!!!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  24. pikerover

    Romney = Bush economics on steroids..... how did that work out ?? If the Republicans want more Bush ...why don't they haul out both former Bush Presidents to campaign for them? I dare them!!

    May 25, 2012 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  25. Zon

    Preposterous. They might as well hand the election over now if they do that. Willard is nowhere near making a decision, he can't even decide to hand over his tax returns.

    May 25, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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